Super Tuesday 2012: President Obama loses a delegate to Randall Terry
Saturday, March 10, 2012
U.S. Barack Obama was not able to secure all the delegates available at the Oklahoma on . Though Obama finished in first place with 57 percent, anti-abortion activist was able to capture 18 percent of the vote, entitling him to at least one delegate. As a result, Obama may not be unanimously nominated at the in September.
Terry said in February, he hoped to win five or six percent. He received a boost whenicon agreed to speak at his Oklahoma fundraiser. Additionally, he was able to spread his message through the state with television advertisements depicting aborted fetuses.
"There are still Democrats who love innocent babies more than they love the party" said Terry to the New Jersey.; and to the , "Everyone will know what it means to be pro-life when this election cycle’s over." According to The Wall Street Journal, he will appear on six more primary ballots, starting with
Along with the delegate, Terry also won twelve of Oklahoma's 77 counties. However, he was not the only challenger to win counties; the 2010nominee for the Democratic Party in Oklahoma, , won three. He finished in third place overall with 14 percent, one percent short of the threshold required to qualify for delegates. Progressive activist was fourth with six percent.
The last time an incumbent president was unable to win all the delegates during the presidential primaries was in Louisiana and Virginia. The Democratic Party took them away, citing LaRouche's views as "explicitly racist and anti-Semitic, and otherwise utterly contrary to the fundamental beliefs...of the Democratic Party". LaRouche later sued but was unsuccessful., when -challenger won delegates in
Trav Robertson, interim executive director of theremarked, "In every primary there is a fringe candidate that appears on the ballot and attempts to capture delegates from a sitting president." He cited LaRouche in 1996 as well as , , and who challenged in .
On whether Terry would keep the delegate, Robertson declared, "The party is reviewing the election results and will abide by previously established rules regarding the allotment of delegates. No matter what, we know President Obama will win the majority of delegates at this year’s convention."
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